Good news! Six weeks after my fall, I have thrown away the leg brace and most importantly, can drive the car again. Looking forward to getting back to normal. Celebrated by having my first swim of the season, and looking forward to getting to the gym tomorrow even if it is only for a gentle walk on the treadmill for now.
In the meantime, I put my enforced rest to use by finishing off a long overdue cross stitch, which involved far more work than I had imagined. Just washed it in a little dishwashing detergent and it came out looking nice and clean. It will look much better after it has been pulled into shape and framed.
Here are some little cross stitches that I have finished recently. They were free kits with a couple of craft orders.
You would think that, being small, they would be great little projects for beginners to try. But the owl had quarter stitches, half stitches and French knots while the flowers were stitched with one strand over 18-count!
I made up the owl into a quick little card so that I could write a note to a friend. As for the flowers, they are small enough to fray the edges and mount as patches on the front of greeting cards. Or maybe use them on a scrapbook page. Any other ideas?
My favourite lap stand hoop
I am so happy! Now I can finish this WIP. It’s been packed away for ages; I lost the graph and just found it yesterday. So now I can make a start on all the back stitching.
Looking a little bit creased and rumpled from being packed away for so long, but it’ll all come out in the wash – literally! When it’s finished I’ll swish it through some warm water and gentle shampoo, rinse, roll it in a towel to squeeze out the water and then iron dry face down on a fluffy towel.
Cross stitching accessories
These are my necessities for cross stitching bar the needle. Scissors, floss, needle threader and two items which may be unfamiliar. The little dark blue plastic box contains a sponge. I run the thread through the damp sponge to keep it flat so it doesn’t twist as I embroider. Does anyone else do this? Also my pink floss card winder. Each card can hold one full skein of floss.
Plastic boxes for holding embroidery floss cards
I have been reading some cross stitching blogs and it is interesting to see how different people store their supplies. This is pretty much my whole collection of DMC thread, which doesn’t take up much room at all. In addition, I have a box of unused skeins of DMC floss plus two containers of other brands, so it all easily fits into one drawer.
When I’m done stitching, I roll my cross stitch in a towel and store in a clear plastic tote; everything else fits into my little case in the top photo.
I just finished making myself a needle case. An enjoyable little cross stitch project.